(Lesson adapted from Concordia Publishing House)
One of the scribes asked Jesus, Which commandment is the most important of all? Jesus said, “The most important is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love Him with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to Him, “You are right, Teacher.” Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Later, Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes. They like greetings in the marketplaces. They like the best seats in the house of prayer. They like the places of honor at feasts. But they take away widows’ houses. And they pretend to make long prayers. They will receive greater punishment. Then Jesus sat down near the treasury. He watched the people put money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came. She put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. Jesus called His disciples to Him. He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all. For they all gave out of their abundance. But she has put in everything she had. It was all she had to live on.”
Bible Memory Verse
We are . . . created in Christ Jesus for good works . . . that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
How did the widow in this account show her faith?
Why did Jesus say she had put in more than anyone else when she only gave 2 small coins?
What is the relationship between faith and good works?
What do you think it means to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love Him with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”?
Discuss how important church offerings are for the work of the church. What are some things offering pays for?
Holy Spirit, forgive us for doing good things only to please others. Give us hands and feet that serve others with joy and give God the glory. Fill our hearts and minds with thankfulness for God’s blessings, motivating us to do good works. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Discuss as a family the blessing of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. Then talk about how you support the ministry of our church and school with your time, talent and treasure. Is there an area where you could giving more? What will this look like?
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